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Today's News

  • Fries opposes airport change

    FRIES — Originally in favor of the proposed realignment of the Twin County Regional Airport Commission, the Town of Fries voted Nov. 4 to oppose the change.

    The commission has requested that its membership be changed from six localities, to only the “big three” members — Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    During council's meeting Nov. 4, Member Nancy Hawks said “there are too many unanswered questions.”

  • Crossroads earns award

    An economic development program from the Crossroads Institute in Galax beat out those from 13 Appalachian states to win the Jerry W. Davis Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

    The $10,000 award for "outstanding accomplishment in entrepreneurial development in the Appalachian Region" was presented Nov. 6 to representatives from Crossroads.

    The Davis Award is sponsored by the University of North Alabama and the federal Appalachian Regional Commission.

  • Fries hires full-time director

    FRIES — The Fries Recreation Center has hired its first full-time director in years — but didn’t have to search long to find the man for the job.

    Randy Shinault was recently named the full-time director. Longing to obtain the position one occupied by his mentor, long-time director Sap Jones, Shinault dreamed of the day he might take over the reins.

    At 12-years-old, Shinault began working at the rec center as a pin setter. Since then, he has done everything, from cleaning, mowing grass, umpiring and coaching.

  • Thomas heads to India

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School System’s leader is one of 13 school superintendents who will be traveling to India on a fact-finding trip about globalization at the end of November.

    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas will join Virginia Secretary of Education Thomas Morris and 12 other Virginia school division superintendents on the trip at no cost to the Grayson school system. The purpose is to visit businesses and schools in India during Nov. 28-Dec. 8.

  • Broadband is the medicine TCRH needs

    Twin County Regional Hospital is expected to be a primary user of the regional broadband utility being planned by the Wired Road Authority.

    However, its need for fiber optic services is far ahead of construction plans and beyond the authority’s fiscal capabilities.

    “They have a great need for broadband just for their medical and telemedicine purposes,” Keith Barker, assistant city manager and member of the authority, told Galax City Council in requesting a $260,000 loan to place a fiber optic connection.

  • Former fire chief, radio station manager dies

    Joe Crockett, a longtime firefighter and station manager of Galax's WBOB-AM, died on Nov. 8 at the age of 88.

    Joseph Pierce Crockett is remembered as the driving force behind the modern Galax Volunteer Fire Department, to which he dedicated nearly 60 years of his life — 32 of those as chief.

    He was a civic-minded man with a passion for the fire department and the annual “Galax Community Christmas Party” charity event.

    Crockett was in the radio business in Galax for 38 years, during which he served as station manager of WBOB — now WWWJ-AM.

  • Talks take in annexation topics

    HILLSVILLE — Circumstances have changed since the last time Hillsville and Carroll County sat down to talk about water and sewer billing disagreements.

    For one, Carroll County has made strides to be able to provide its own water and sewer service to the industrial park near Interstate 77 and U.S. 58 — a matter from which part of the billing disagreements stemmed.

    Still up in the air is the possibility of annexation and changes in distribution of tax revenue from commercial businesses at the interchange. The monies are being split by Carroll and Hillsville.

  • A generous gesture

    After a long search for a site to create a visitors' center for Galax, the city has been given the perfect building in a surprise move by a philanthropic downtown property owner.

    Johnny Parsons has provided the ideal spot for a visitors' center in his donation of his former law office at the corner of East Grayson Street and Rex Lane.

  • Salem too tough for Carroll

    DUBLIN –– Carroll County successfully navigated its way through the first 23 matches of the season without a loss. Plotting a course through Salem was another matter entirely.

  • Bears wrap up MED crown

    INDEPENDENCE –– Bland County scored twice in the first 2:11 of the second half to break open a tight game and claim its first outright Mountain Empire District championship, knocking off defending champion Grayson County 29-14 Friday at Bill Strong Field.

    The Bears (9-1 overall, 4-0 district), who earned a share of the MED title on two previous occasions, will enter the Region C Division 1 playoffs as the No. 1 seed while Grayson County ends its season at 0-10, 0-4.